Shenzhen's fight night charity event is back for another round this Saturday.
The main draw: watching first-time boxers, both male and female, face off in the ring. In between nine scheduled fights, audience members can also enjoy a delicious four-course meal and plenty of refreshments.
Of course, it's all for a good cause. The last Shenzhen fight night raised RMB100,000 for local charity A Heart for China. This time, proceeds will benefit Chinese NGO One Foundation.
"I love putting this together, getting businessmen and women all with jobs and family out for a family scrap for charity," organizer John Graham commented at a pre-fight press conference last Saturday.
Below, a brief Q&A with Graham and this month's fighters.
We've noticed more participation from women in White Collar Fight Night. How many female fighters are there, and what are their backgrounds?
We have three female fights for this event! All are working professionals: a mixologist, creative director, fitness professional and restaurant manager.
As this group of women is well-known, I'm hoping this encourages more women to get involved for the next event. Who knows, maybe I’ll do a female-only card!
Tell us more about the charity you're supporting and how fundraising will impact the lives of people in need.
We have signed a contract with One Foundation, which is Jet Li's charity. We went through a process [in order] to qualify to partner with them. We are focusing on two projects: one, childcare, and two, disaster relief management programs. This was great, as our last event in Chengdu many people were happy to support because of the recent earthquakes in that region.
To the fighters: what motivates you to train, get in the ring and punch someone?
Neomi from the Philippines: I wanted to challenge myself, get active and pay my respects and tribute to a late friend who was very well-known in the community and inspired many people by himself getting in the ring in the June event. May he rest in peace.
Want to see the fight night for yourself? Tickets for this year's event are going fast. For inquiries and bookings, add WeChat ID 'jewelli8899.'
[Images via Mark Fail]